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PHT Morning Skate: Where Anze Kopitar is ready and accounted for for the playoffs

Apr 10, 2012, 8:12 AM EDT

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PHT’s Morning Skate takes a look around the world of hockey to see what’s happening and what we’ll be talking about around the NHL world and beyond.

After having to miss the playoffs last year with injury, Anze Kopitar is ready to tackle the Canucks in the postseason one more time. (L.A. Times)

What’s the Devils motivation in the first round against Florida? Stand up for Peter DeBoer who was fired by the Panthers after last season. (Fire & Ice)

Mike Cammalleri sees Jarome Iginla as part of the future in Calgary. Perhaps he’s thinking of his first tour of duty with the team… (Calgary Sun)

The NHL draft lottery is tonight and the Islanders have their eyes on landing the No. 1 overall pick. (Islanders Point Blank)

The Ducks are going to have to get a lot more from Ryan Getzlaf next season if they’re going to make the playoffs. (OC Register)

The playoffs means that it’s time for everyone to start paying attention to Johan Franzen. (Detroit Free Press)

Is everything cool with Alexander Radulov? He’s gotten some time off ahead of the playoffs. Hmm… (Tennessean)

The Lightning are going through the stages of grief of missing the playoffs. First comes disappointment, next comes optimism for next season. (Tampa Tribune)

  1. 1trojanlove - Apr 10, 2012 at 9:56 AM

    It’s put up or shut up time for the kings!

    • blomfeld - Apr 10, 2012 at 10:54 AM

      I agree … the Canucks are “the” team to beat and so now we now have no excuses for anything but victory … I predict our Kings in 5, though this may go to 6 or 7 if they counter with Schneider at some point …

  2. govtminion - Apr 10, 2012 at 11:32 AM

    I always admire a player who takes his game to a whole new level in the playoffs. It’s hard to think of anyone who ups their game more than Franzen this time of year- maybe Claude Lemieux back in his prime, but that’s the only player that comes to mind. In both cases, the difference between their solid regular season and insanity-level playoff performances is just stunning. It isn’t even a stat-sheet thing- they both looked like totally different players once April 1 hit.

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